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Travel Disasters and Misadventures Are Good for Us

Earlier this year, as I was wrapping up the writing for The Happiness of Pursuit, I commissioned an illustration from Mike Rohde to commemorate a few of my more spectacular travel disasters and misadventures:

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All of these experiences, even the negative ones, were helpful in building confidence to continue the journey.

Reflecting on these misadventures now, I don’t think about whatever hardship I experienced at the time. Instead, I remember the sense of accomplishment and relief I felt when they were resolved.

Have you had any misadventures lately? If not, maybe you’re not taking enough risks.